Is It Illegal In Illinois To Put Dead Animals In The Garbage?
It is a tragedy when a beloved pet dies. In the first moments, all you know is to cry and mourn your passed friend. But after a while, you realize that the deceased body cannot lie on your property forever. So what happens now? What do you do with the carcass of the animal? What is and isn't legal when it comes to the disposal of dead animals?
Let's explore our options and find out.
In the state of Illinois, can I bury my pet in my yard?
Yes, you can bury your pet in your yard, but the pet must be at least 6 inches under compounded dirt. It also must be no less than 200 feet from a stream, private potable water supply well, or any other potable water supply source.
Can I leave the body in a public place?
NO! It is unlawful for any person to dispose of or throw away any carcass, dead animal, animal blood, or parts of any carcass upon any street, alley, or public place or upon any lot within the city.
How long do I have to dispose of the carcass?
Illinois law requires that every person who cares for or owns an animal has a duty to dispose of the animal’s carcass within 24 hours of its death.
What are the proper ways to dispose of the deceased animal?
The disposal can be by composting, cooking, burying, burning, or by disposing of it to a person licensed for disposal of animals.
What are the consequences if I do not dispose of a pet's body properly?
Failure to comply can result in a criminal simple misdemeanor or a civil penalty of between $100 and $1,000.
Is it illegal to throw a deceased pet in the garbage?
No, it is not illegal, but it is highly frowned upon. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says, "No license or permit is required for any owner, operator or caretaker to convey dead animals to a landfill facility licensed under the Environmental Protection Act."
Even though it is not illegal in Illinois to dispose of a dead pet in the trash can, it is frowned upon and is not considered the best option.
What should I do when my pet dies?
The best thing to do when a pet dies is to call the veterinarian's office. A vet's office will take your pet's body and either dispose of it for you or store it for you before you have a cremation or burial.
It is hard losing a furry friend, but it is good to know what your next steps are when the time comes.